Bradley Elliott

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Bradley grew up in New Westminster, British Columbia and completed his Bachelor of Environment in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in 2019. After finishing his degree, Bradley spent the summer working at the Pembina Institute on an internship funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. There he gained experience as an analyst focused on climate policy in the built environment. Bradley showed a keen interest in the Energy and Materials Research Group and Dr. Mark Jaccard’s work throughout his degree and is excited to apply his background in resource management to energy-economy modelling. Outside of the lab, Bradley is skiing, fly-fishing, cycling and cooking.

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Jaccard

What inspired your current research topic?
The inspiration for my research project came from a push to assess climate-motivated urban-focused policies on a provincial and a national scale. This push stemmed from an interest in progressing the policy modelling capabilities of my lab from assessments of a single city or region to a larger provincial or national geographic scale. My experience with geographical information systems and spatial data developed in my undergraduate also gave myself additional confidence and excitement in working towards this topic. The combination between my interest in energy and climate solutions and spatial analysis seemed to fit together extremely well with the project and drove me to set this challenge as my thesis.

Why do you think this topic is important?
It is important for policymakers to have rigorous research methods showing them the impact of various policy levers. This is especially true in the effort to meet provincial and national climate targets due to the inherent complexity and variety of low-carbon pathways. In respect to this, my topic is set to expand our knowledge on the impact that changes in urban form have on meeting our climate targets. In particular, my work will be important in expanding the urban policy modelling capabilities of our lab to better assess how urban-focused climate-motivated polices work along-side with already existing economy-wide low-carbon policies, such as the carbon tax.

How will the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s and the Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship help you achieve your research goals?
I have received funding awards in the form of the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s provided by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as the Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship. These awards provide a financial backing for me so that I am able to spend more time on expanding the project scope and research objectives. Ultimately, reducing the financial burden has allowed me to spend less time balancing sources of income to support my research and more time on conducting thorough data-driven work.